This Friday, as COVID-19 keeps movie theaters around the world shut down and the future of the entire movie industry is in peril, Kathryn asks “Who’s your favorite fictional historical character in a movie?”
And guess what? They’re all guys!
He’s noble, he’s adventurous, he’s faithful, he’s heroic, he’s hunky.
The rest of the film is pretty darn good too.
Did I mention Hawkeye was hunky?”
Katie says “This is a really hard one.
While I wouldn’t say he’s my favorite, Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice played by Tom Hollander is iconic. The creepy stare he gives Lizzie over the dinner table while complimenting the boiled potatoes…you just can’t forget it. He means well, he tries hard, but dude has zero game. And Tom Hollander nails it so hard that every time I see him in any other part, all I can think is, ‘Mr. Collins, he will think it an impertinence!’…to be in any other film.”
I love to watch his growth as a character as well as that of the heroine, Margaret Hale.”
Linda says, “I’m not much of a movie goer, so I have to go back in time a bit.
I love Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind. He is an excellent example of a complex character: a Southern gentleman, empathetic and dreamy yet sometimes despicable. His exasperation with Scarlett’s heightened drama is great.
Interesting note: My son is an avid moviegoer. He’s the only person I know who regularly has seen all the Oscar nominees for best picture. I asked him this question, and all the movies he came up with were historical fantasy. Yup, I’ve done my job as a parent. “
I guess you could say he taught me what it meant to “swoon.” More recently, I loved the way Greta Gerwig framed her version of Little Women with Jo’s bookselling/binding. Made me swoon again.”
Ana Brazil writes historical crime fiction celebrating bodacious American heroines. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Historical Novel Society, and a founding member of Paper Lantern Writers.
Ana’s award-winning historical mystery FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER is set in Gilded Age New Orleans. Her upcoming October 17 2023 release is THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTEUSE, a Viola Vermillion Vaudeville mystery set in 1919 San Francisco.